We are all spending an increased amount of time at home at the moment, eating all of our meals at home and thus have more waste to dispose of from home.
During these days of confinement, it’s more important than ever to improve our recycling habits and care for the environment.
In Europe, we waste about 200 kilos per person per year. Each of us should be making efforts to reduce this number. The Silestone Institute, which is an international platform dedicated to researching and disseminating knowledge about the kitchen space, recommends the following;
The 3 “Rs” of ecology: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
- Reduce the consumption of products to help conserve natural resources and reduce pollution of the environment.
- Reuse – Can you reuse the products to be discarded? Consider whether they are still in good condition and whether you can use them again.
- Recycle appropriate waste materials. Often other products can be made with these recycled goods, so you are helping to contaminate less and to give another use to the waste.
Practices for correct recycling and environmental care.
- Remember to apply a correct separation of waste for recycling. Most recyclable materials will have clear instructions on the packaging.
- Always take time to ensure the item you are placing in the recycling bin, can in fact be recycled.
- You cannot recycle something with food waste still on or in it. Make sure it’s clean, empty, and dry before placing it in the recycling bin.
- Regarding food waste;
- Plan your meals ahead. Bring a list to the supermarket!
- Pay attention to the expiration dates of foods to consume first those that are about to expire. Why not make a menu of your meals for the week after your weekly grocery shop..
- Serve only the right amount of food that you are going to eat to avoid food waste.
- Try to buy long-lasting food and always check expiration dates.
- Create new and varied dishes to make the most of food and thus avoid waste.
The kitchen is the area of the house that generates the most waste, which is why we must become more aware of the importance of recycling and avoiding food waste.
Less waste, more use and less pollution.